Statement by H.E. Dr. Sultan Mohammed Al-Nuaimi Director General of the ECSSR On the New UAE Government Structure
- 7 July 2020
H.E. Dr. Sultan Mohammed Al-Nuaimi, Director General of the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), has described the new UAE government structure as a qualitative leap forward in the development of government action in the UAE. It also embodies a key priority for our wise leadership, represented by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE (may God protect him); and his brothers, their Highnesses, the members of the UAE Federal Supreme Council, and Rulers of the Emirates. The wise leadership has always strived for a government capable of the effective and efficient management of public service responsibilities, in areas including education, health and housing.
The new cabinet structure will reduce government service centersby 50 percent, transforming them into digital platforms within two years. It will also merge around 50 percent of federal entities with other entities and ministries. His Excellency pointed out that these changes affirm a flexible response to the process of producing a government able to adapt more effectively to change in our modern world; creating solutions to future challenges. This builds on the UAE’s leading role in promoting the concept of smart government, inspired by the efforts of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (may God protect him), as well as his insightful vision for developing government work by consolidating the concept of smart government. As a result, the government now includes the new post of Minister of State for Digital Economy, Artificial Intelligence and Remote Work Applications.
Moreover, His Excellency added that the new UAE Cabinet, along with the broader and phased goals it aims to implement, will be an essential tool in rolling out the UAE’s post COVID-19 strategy, as well as accelerating recovery from the negative impacts of the pandemic, which have affected the entire world. He explained that food security is of vital importance in this context, and the UAE Cabinet reshuffle has introduced two ministries to that end. The Minister of Food and Water Security will focus on the country’s domestic food stocks, investment in food technology and international relations. The Minister of Environment will support farmers, while nurturing the country’s fish and animal resources. His Excellency explained that the UAE has, since its establishment, given top priority to agriculture. The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (may God rest his soul in peace) had a keen interest in agriculture, considering it the most important element for achieving stability in society. The wise leadership has followed in the footsteps of Sheikh Zayed (may God rest his soul in peace), by paying great attention to agriculture. This was clear in the recent visit by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces (may God protect him), to a number of innovative new farms owned by UAE youth in the Al Bahyah district of Abu Dhabi. His Highness explained that these types of farms can enhance UAE self-sufficiency in the sector and reduce dependency on external resources.
His Excellency also stressed that the ECSSR, as a strategic think tank, continues to support the decision-making process by preparing research papers that contribute to policy making and situation assessment, as well as by organizing conferences and workshops that help realize this goal. This is in addition to developing all aspects necessary to enhance research and academic issues, to achieve the goals of the UAE Centennial 2071, the most important of which is advancing the UAE to be among the best countries in the world.